Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Congratulations to Global Edmonton’s Julie Matthews on reaching 10 years as the Troubleshooter! The program itself has been running for 20 years now – don’t miss this video marking the anniversary. There’s also an interview with Julie Matthews and here’s another from 630 CHED. Here’s part of an infographic that Global produced:
- 630 CHED began broadcasting on March 3, 1954. Here’s a feature on the radio station’s 60th anniversary. Interesting that 630 CHED didn’t even realize the milestone had arrived!
- That made me wonder what other organizations might be celebrating milestones this year. CJSR turned 30 on January 7, CITV (Global Edmonton) turns 40 on September 1, CJRY (Shine FM) turns 10 on September 7, CJNW (HOT 107 FM) turns 5 on October 6, CFRN (CTV Edmonton) turns 60 on October 25, CFCW turns 60 on November 2, CKRA (Capital FM) turns 35 on November 15, and CIRK (K-97) turns 65 sometime this year.
- The Yeggies are coming up in May! Want to volunteer for the event? Let me know!
- I wish I could come up with a great pun for this: OilersNation interviewed with Gene Principe.
- I didn’t know this: the Public Affairs Bureau removed opposition parties from media notices last October. The reason apparently has to do with embargos – the media can be held accountable for breaking them, but non-media can’t be.
- This is on top of news that the Provincial government currently employs 214 full-time equivalent positions in communications at a cost of $23 million annually.
- The Canadian Association of Journalists today announced the finalists for its annual awards. Charles Rusnell and Jennie Russell from CBC Edmonton are finalists in the Community Broadcast category and Shaughn Butts from the Edmonton Journal is a finalist in the Photojournalism category.
- Here’s a look at some of #yegmedia’s ladies at Western Canada Fashion Week!
- Here’s some fun April Fool’s Day fun from The Long John Index: Rogers Acquires Long John Index for $294; Carrie Doll new Chief Intern.
- File this one under not-that-shocking: CBC is expected to announce deep cuts on Thursday following the loss of Hockey Night in Canada.
- Here’s a Life & Times profile of Helen (Patricia) Hollingsworth, a former sports writer for the Edmonton Journal. She passed away on March 9 at the age of 98.
- Recently retired GM of 630 CHED Doug Rutherford watched his home go up in flames just a week after putting it up for sale. Harsh.
- Here are Linda’s latest social media notes!
- Some interesting news from Skype today – they’ve announced a new solution for broadcasters called Skype TX. It’s described as being “studio grade”.
- One of my favorite sites is Techmeme. I’m addicted. Here’s how it became the must-read news site for tech.
- Vox has launched! I’m really keen to see how their attempt at explaining the news plays out. Here’s a New York Times feature on the effort.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!